Government Contract Awards
Arotech Corp. announces that its “use-of-force” training subsidiary, IES Interactive Training, Inc., has equipped several of the Veteran’s Administration (VA) Police training centers with Range 3000 XP4 digital training simulators. Current VA policy mandates that simulation training be part of the total training VA Police receive before they are authorized to carry firearms. The VA set January 1, 2004 as the deadline for all VA Police to be equipped to carry firearms. VA Police are responsible for security across 167 VA Medical Centers (VAMC) across the nation.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) board voted its intent to award a $138.9 million contract to North American Bus Industries (NABI) for 200 60-ft., low-floor articulated buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). Although the award is contingent upon available state funding, the MTA considers it among the agency’s highest capital program priorities.
Eden Systems, Inc., announces that it has been selected by the City of Wilsonville, OR, to provide integrated software solutions in the areas of Finance and Community Development.
“Eden Systems provided the only true integrated solution for both Finance and Community Development,” says Rob Moody, Assistant Finance Director with the City of Wilsonville. “Our staff unanimously selected Eden Systems as the best fit for the city.”
The State of Mississippi has awarded Sprint a three-year relay service contract. The agreement will provide a wide range of assistive communications technologies. Sprint’s experience in the field also provides the assurance that all services delivered will meet or exceed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandates.
Harris Computer Systems has entered into a contract with Frankfort City Light & Power, located in Frankfort, IN, for Harris’ PUBS and Select applications. Under the terms of the contract, Harris will provide a complete suite of products, including CIS/billing, as well as financial management. In addition, Harris will provide data conversion from the incumbent software systems, system setup and configuration, project management, and user training.
Axis Communications has been awarded a contract worth about $230,000 with the New York State Unified Court System (UCS). The deal includes network video products for approximately 30 courthouses in the New York City area. The advanced security system will enable court personnel to remotely monitor courthouse grounds 24 hours a day.
Network cameras, video servers, and audio modules will create a remote command center where real-time images can be monitored via CourtNet, the UCS enterprise network. In addition, authorized court managers will be able to use their office PCs to access images from a standard server, enabling them to monitor the security of their courthouse and offices.
The State of New Mexico’s Regulation and Licensing Department has selected Accela, Inc., to implement a solution that automates business processes and manages data for building and construction permits statewide with an emphasis on online services.
“Our criteria for this selection were very stringent,” says Byron Piatt, Planning/IT Director of the Construction Industries and Manufactured Housing Divisions of the Regulation and Licensing Department. “In particular, we wanted reference accounts and demonstrations of an e-government portal for citizen access that provided real-time, direct access to our systems.”
Under a blanket purchase agreement (BPA), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has ordered two Mobile-Search X-ray inspection systems, valued at $4.5 million, from American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E). The systems, to be deployed at domestic military bases for force protection applications, will be equipped with AS&E’s Radioactive Threat Detection (RTD) technology and Backscatter-Only functionality.
Ricci Communications was selected by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to provide media relations in support of creating an awareness and education campaign to launch the National Do Not Call Registry. The Registry will allow consumers to limit unwanted telemarketing calls by giving them the option to register their phone numbers on the National Registry developed and administered by the FTC. The team will create a campaign identity that will appear on the new registration Web site and all other support materials.
Response Biomedical Corp. announces that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has purchased 16 of the company’s RAMP Systems for the purpose of training first responders throughout the United States. RAMP Systems were purchased by the Domestic Preparedness Equipment Technical Assistance Program (DPETAP) at a cost of $148,000. DPETAP assists first responders to better select, operate, and maintain their radiological, chemical, and biological detection and response equipment by providing product information and equipment training programs.
OPTIMUS Corp., a provider of public safety technology, has been awarded a contract from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) valued at approximately $2.9 million. The contract covers services for DISA’s Secure Video Teleconferencing System Network Operations Center (SVTS NOC), and falls under the directive of the OPTIMUS Homeland Security Division, headed by Retired Coast Guard Rear Admiral Ron Polant.